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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 11:22:23 am

Title: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 11:22:23 am
The time had come for another proper bike trip. I rode my motorbike back form Zambia as I really did not get time to ride in Zambia, and being unemployed for a while gave me the perfect opportunity to do some chilling, relaxing, full time beer drinking and also a bit of riding!

The plan was to start in Stilbaai, and head east to visit family in Jeffrey’s Bay and then move further east to visit more family in Kenton-on-Sea and then have a bit of a beach holiday in Kenton. Then I would head further east and return back to Pretoria via Transkei and Lesotho.

Initially the plan was to do the trip solo, but then I chatted to tankgirl, and she was in the mood for a bike trip, so a plan was hacked, routes were slightly altered, and suddenly we were two souls ready for action in the Eastern Cape!
Please note that all photos in this ride report was taken with cell phones, edited with a free app and all the video was taken with these two phones and a GoPro.

On the way down to Stilbaai a few stops were made, but overall the trip down was long, hot and dry!
Had a stop in Kimberley for a quick beer at the Star of the West
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In Victoria West they know how to pour a proper Captain Morgan!
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I have been through Meiringspoort a few times, but never actually stopped to have a look at the waterfall. It is pretty impressive and I would advise anyone to have a stop, do the short walk and have a look at this beautiful waterfall.
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I left Stilbaai at first light and made my way east via the 7 passes road between George and Knysna
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But I first had to do the tourist thing and get a picture of the railway line at Wilderness
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This is the first time that I have done the 7 passes road and it is really a very pretty road to do. I was the only person on the entire road and did not see one single other car or bike, just a few mountain bikers. It was the 24th of December and I was very happy to not be swamped by 1000’s of holiday makers, which was of course until I hit Knysna a later the morning!
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From Knysna I took Kom se Pad via the forests, all the way up to De Vlugt where I stopped for a beer at Angie’s G-Spot
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I could see the weather coming in just before I reached De Vlugt, but luckily I did not get any rain……for now that is…..
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After Jeffrey’s Bay, I headed east in with a terrible side wind, all the way to Kenton……I flippen HATE wind on a bike, specially a cold side wind! Stopped for quick picture at the Wireless Bungee Bridge
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Then I got to Kenton-on-Sea, my favourite place in the world! I have been visiting Kenton-on-Sea since I was born and my mom still lives there, so the next days were spent drinking lots of beer, spending loads of time on the beach getting sunburnt, and more beer drinking. I had the privilege of meeting up with Metaljockey, Nardus and Brian with their families for a few beers and lots of kak praat on the Boesmans River. It was great to meet you guys and thanks for the beers and lekker kuier!!
I will just post a few pics of my time in Kenton and surrounds where I did a short ride around the Woody Cape / Kinkelbos / Addo area.
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Then it was time to do some repairs, my front fender broke so I had to do some Q-Bonding….
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Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 11:39:35 am
The plan after Kenton was to meet up with tankgirl in Lady Grey. She would ride down from Pretoria and I would ride up from Kenton. As Lady Grey is much closer to Kenton than Pretoria, I thought that I could work in some dirt roads and dirt passes on the way, most notably Katberg Pass. I have never been to Katberg Pass, and on Mapsource the road looked very twisty and I knew it was dirt, so I decided it will be an awesome pass to ride!

tankgirl’s ride for the day was long straight highways………it was a very hot and dry ride, but with a stunning sunrise in big sky country!
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Lunch in the middle of nowhere!
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My ride for the day was more eventful, resulting in tankgirl reaching Lady Grey before me, with her doing about 220km more than me!
It was raining when I left Kenton and it seems like the rains had finally come, at least to the Eastern Cape, as I was riding in the rain for over 8 hours! I was very wet and very cold as I reached the Penhoek Pass, where the rain finally stopped. Everything north of the Penhoek Pass was hot and dry, but everything south was cold and wet….

My route took me from Grahamstown via Fort Double Drift towards Alice, then towards Kat River and then onto the Katberg Pass
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My hands when I stopped for a hot coffee in Alice….
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Crossing the Kat River
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Then I hit the slopes of the Katberg Pass. I only have two pics of my ride on this pass, as it was soaking wet, raining the entire time and it was slippery as hell, and I could not see anything more than 10m in front of me. I am sure the views must be spectacular, as I just kept on climbing and climbing up and up and up! I could not see a thing! I would have to ride this pass again someday when it is dry and I don’t have to spend my time slipping and sliding my way up this pass.

This pic was on the lower slopes, before the pass starts and the second one at the top where the track splits off towards Queenstown. These two pics were taken 70min apart and about 35km apart. It is really very pretty and good riding area….
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From a very cold and wet Queenstown I hightailed up the Penhoek pass and after Jamestown hooked a right on a dirt road leading me to Lady Grey where I would meet up with tankgirl
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Yay, finally met up and settled in for a night of camping after a dinner of Black Labels and Pizza…
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Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on February 03, 2016, 11:48:33 am
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Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 12:02:29 pm
Next on the menu was to head to Elliot, but we would be including two dirt passes on the way, namely the Jouberts Pass just outside of Lady Grey and then the notorious Lapa Munnik Pass, better known as Bastervoetslaan pad. We were very very excited for the day ahead!


Magnum Mint Ice cream breakfast!
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Whoop Whoop….
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Martian snapping away with the cell phone, and then the result….
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Reaching the top of Jouberts Pass, it is really a beautiful pass to ride early morning and the surface is great and it is not technical at all. Suitable for all levels of riding.
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A quick snack in Barkley East saw tankgirl making new friends…
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Then it was off to the BIG ONE for the day…….note the perfect weather….
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Now, note the weather again, see that shit on the horizon? Well, that shit had a big role to play later on in the day!
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You can see where I am going with this weather thing…..
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From the turn-off to Bastervoetslaan Pad the road was great, and we were having a blast riding along
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But, as soon as we hit the start of the pass, it looked like this, the rain was not that hard, but it was a soft, slow, consistent rain and it had absolutely soaked everything and turned the track into one big, long, snotty, slimy, slippery mess
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Not many pics were taken on Bastervoetslaan Pad, mainly because we could not see anything, and also because we spent most of our time struggling up and then down the pass, it was slippery and muddy as hell!
Here are the pics we took on the pass:
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Towards the bottom of the pass the weather seem to clear a bit, but the damage to the road was done and we spent our time slipping and sliding all the way to the main dirt road.
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We arrived in Elliot cold, wet and very tired. We decided to take a room at Myburgh’s Guest House, and I cannot recommend this place enough. If you are ever in Elliot, this is the place to stay, the owners looked after us like we were family! We even managed to chat about old GlenInk, who ran the bar at the Elloit Golf Club, and who was a good friend and keen biker. I am sure he is still missed here on the forum! They also have the coolest two Greyhounds….
Me, tired as f*ck!!
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There was no place within walking distance from the guesthouse to get food in Elliot, apart from the Merino Hotel. It is a real shithole, with shit food, but hey, the beer was Ice Cold!!
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We slept like the dead that night!
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: skydiver on February 03, 2016, 12:31:38 pm
I like the RR so far  :thumleft:
Can't wait for the rest
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: weskus on February 03, 2016, 01:09:32 pm
Stunning fotos, meesste van daai paadjies oor Des gery.. baie nice..
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 01:10:37 pm
The next day we planned to get to Hogsback via small backroads through Transkei villages, it was a chilled day’s riding, with an awesome shabeen stop in the town of Cofimvaba. We love stopping at random shabeens and sharing a beer with the locals, these beers always seem to be the best ones and the ones you will fondly remember years from now…. We met some colourful characters at this bar!
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Arriving in Hogsback it was time for some Captain Morgan!
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We checked into Away with the Fairies backpackers and found ourselves a campsite hidden way from the general population!
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One of the best things we bought recently was hammocks, they pack up tiny and they are just great to chillax in!
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Then it was off to explore the place a bit before settling down for some pizza and drinks and our hacked version of Scrabble!
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Very happy chappies!!
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The bath was not very clean…. But a great view none the less
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The chill / dining room at Away with the Fairies
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We did not have far to go the next day, Kenton was only about 220km away, so we took the time to have look around Hogsback and see a few things….

We went to see The Edge Labyrinth, it is a really cool place to hang round for a while and they make a kick-ass Carrot Cake in the restaurant there!!
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Tiny Planet App doing its thing!
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Then we decided to go and see the Earth Shrine, it is cool, but not really my thing, I am not artsy fartsy hippie nature bos befokte hipster earth child enough I guess….
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Next stop was the Madonna and Child Waterfall. Now beware if you want to visit this thing, it is quite a trek from the parking spot the waterfall, and it is all downhill. All doable in MX Boots and Knee braces, but not recommended….. The walk back up nearly killed us!
Some of the path to the falls, can you see tankgirl?
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The falls are really pretty, but mid-morning is not the best time as the sun is in a crappy spot for photos, I reckon late afternoon or very early morning will be awesome!
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We also stopped in Bathurst at the world’s biggest pineapple, it was R 15 to go in, but not really much to see inside there, but at least you can see the sea from the top, so that was cool I guess!
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We spent the afternoon walking on the beach and was greeted with a beautiful sunset and even a small piece of a rainbow!
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Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: woody1 on February 03, 2016, 01:14:03 pm
Lekker man  :ricky:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: punisher on February 03, 2016, 01:22:26 pm
sheeeeezz  your cell phone takes lekker pics 

nice RR thus far  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 01:23:59 pm
The following day was just spent in Kenton on Sea, walking on the beach, looking for all kinds of creatures in hundreds of rock pools, and getting sunburnt!
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Another try at a Tiny Planet…..we are getting better at them….slowly!
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Now tankgirl loves cats, and all cats love her, but Lukey, my mom’s cat would not even give her the time of day, this was as close as she could get to Lukey!
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This one on the other hand loved the attention!
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After a great day on the beach we went out for an awesome dinner at the Sandbar floating restaurant, and packed our bags for the road the next morning……..we were going to be heading WEST…..
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: chicco on February 03, 2016, 01:28:15 pm
sheeeeezz  your cell phone takes lekker pics 

nice RR thus far  :thumleft:

eesh...was all those pics taken with a cell phone?

what make?

sorry.....very nice report....could all those routes be done with a 4x4?

You dont have the route? :peepwall:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: chopperpilot on February 03, 2016, 01:29:06 pm
A lekka read! :thumleft:

Awesome pics! ;) What camera? ???
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on February 03, 2016, 01:37:04 pm
Awesome pics! ;) What camera? ???

He mentioned in the beginning that it was mobile phones and a GoPro.

Knopkop, please give us details on what phones and how you achieved such great quality.
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Black_Hawk on February 03, 2016, 01:37:19 pm
Very nice RR with awesome photo's  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 01:54:02 pm
We were up early to catch the sunrise, and it was a winner!
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This put us in a good mood for the day, and we were excited to be heading into Baviaanskloof later in the morning, but first things first. We needed coffee, so Colchester provided the biggest, strongest cup of coffee we’ve see in a long time!
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A quick stop on the old abandoned bridge over the Sunday’s river
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Then we headed off to ride the Elandsrivier road towards Patensie, the entrance to Baviaans
Not many pics of this road, as we were again riding in the mist and rain, so we could not really see much…
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We arrived at Patensie and had some awesome burgers and take away cookies at Tolbos
Best burgers ever!!
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Then it was time to enter Baviaanskloof, this had been my second time riding Baviaans, but a first for tankgirl. Last time I also did it on an X-Challenge…
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Baviaans is really a great ride, not really technical at all, the water crossings are loads of fun, and Smitskraal was really full. I was very glad this time as the last time I did it, it was completely dry!
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We arrived at Makkedaat Caves after a chilled beer stop at a little farm shop, they had cold beer, but no water…….awesome shop!
We booked into Dassiebak, a rocky overhang in the mountain that has been converted into an awesome spot, with a balcony with stunning views. The only sounds were the cows, the birds and the wind……it was bliss
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All out stinky gear left in the sun to dry out a bit!
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The view from our balcony
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Not happy that all the Whiskey is finished….
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We had a braai of skaap tjops & wors with some beetslaai………hmmmm
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The next morning we woke up and saw this on the floor…..we were oblivious during the night that this bastard was crawling around! Don’t know what happened to him, we found him like this?
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 :o :o
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 01:57:35 pm
......
sorry.....very nice report....could all those routes be done with a 4x4?

You dont have the route? :peepwall:

Yup, all can be done with a 4x4, if you want to do Bastervoetslaan Pad in the wet, you will have to know what you are doing, it is no joke in the rain!

I will attach the tracks when the whole report is done

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 02:07:18 pm
Ok, so to address the questions about the cell phones / camera's

Like I said, no picture on this report was taken with a "camera". We did this on purpose to show that you do not need to lug around a big-ass DSLR with lenses to still get great pics. The drawbacks of cell only is long exposure shots is not really possible, zoom is not really an option and then Wide Angle Shots are not as great as with a proper wide angle lens, but the Panorama function on phones is pretty good to get around the wide angle problem.

I used an iPhone6S and tankgirl used a HTC M9. All editing to photos was done on the actual phones, no Laptop was used. We used a free App called Snapseed to do all the editing. The Tiny Planets was done with a free App called Tiny Planet FX. The collages was done with a free App called FotoRus. All the panoramas was done with the phones built in panorama function. All pics were uploaded to SmugMug, straight from the cellphone, again no laptop or PC was used. I only used a laptop to write and post this report.

I will post a video at the end of the report and all the footage on that video was shot with these two phones and a GoPro, but in this case the editing was done on a PC with Cyberlink Powerdirector 14

Hope this helps!


Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Adventurous on February 03, 2016, 02:19:09 pm
Very nice RR, stunning photo's, looks like an awesome trip  :ricky:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 02:34:56 pm
I must admit, I do prefer riding Baviaans in the opposite direction then what we did on this trip, in other words from West to East (Willowmore to Patensie). Make no mistake East to West is still awesome and definitely worth the ride, but I just prefer it the other way round, I think the views are better riding East.
On the way out of Baviaans the next morning
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Next on the menu was Grootriver Poort, running north of Baviaans on the other side of the mountain. This pass is much shorter than any of the passes in Baviaans, but much more technical! It is an awesome ride and you need to focus, hold on and commit!
Some very big and very old timers around these back roads towards Grootriver Poort!
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Smooth, fast open sections after Willowmore heading east, also lots of opening and closing of farm gates!
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tankgirl always spots the most interesting and pretty little things!
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Descending into the poort towards the river crossing at the bottom
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And then up the other side of the river…….it gets pretty rocky, loose, and steep with some step-ups on the eastern side leading up to the cell phone tower where it meets up with the Elandrivier road before descending back into Patensie again.
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Another stop at Tolbos for lunch before heading back to Kenton via Port Elizabeth
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Another pic of the Van Stadens River Bridge
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We also made a quick stop at the Karel Landman monument close to Alexandria
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Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 03:44:53 pm
After a chilled evening in Kenton, we set off the next morning towards East London. The destination for the day was Hole in the Wall, or Port St Johns in the Transkei, we did not have any fixed plans, just a general idea of where we wanted to be.

I had arranged to meet with up Michnus and Metaljockey when we would be passing through East London, but MJ had a meeting lined up, so we had breakfast with Michnus and chatted away for an hour or two. It was fascinating and pretty entertaining to hear his views, stories and tales of their travels on their RTW trip. I am planning a similar trip, so the inputs and first hand advice was invaluable! If you are not following their blog, shame on you!! Go have a look!

www.pikipiki.co.za (http://www.pikipiki.co.za)

Michnus’ and our bikes in the parking lot
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We then hit the road again and made our way to Hole in the Wall. We arrived fairly early and the plan was to get rid of our motorbike kit, have a walk to the Hole, have a few beers then head off to Coffee Bay for the night. That was the plan until we saw this about 50m from the lodge come backpackers place in Hole in the Wall….. FFS!!
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So, we pulled in, made ourselves at home in the parking lot, I went to get some beers, and then the wheel came off, tube came out, new tube in…..you know the deal…… All went well, until I went and pinched the flippen tube when putting the tyre back on…….Idiot!!
So now we had two tubes with a hole in. I went to get more beer, while tankgirl started patching both tubes, as we were patching in any case, so might as well patch both tubes…..
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She insisted that she will put back the tyre on the rim this time as she will not pinch the thing….She got the tube in, and we nervously stated pumping……..no air leaked….Whoop Whoop!! So the wheel went back on and all was good in the world! We then decided to just book a room in the backpackers as we were pretty gatvol now, and if we still wanted to walk to the Hole and then ride to Coffee Bay, we would run out of time, so we settled in, got rid of the bike gear, grabbed a few beers and headed off along the beach, and made it to this place…..
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Can you see me in this picture?
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Tiny Planets again!
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We had a great meal, lots of beer and rum and a few games of pool, we went back to a slowly spinning room…….

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: BLK on February 03, 2016, 04:06:59 pm
fantastic pics,great story,beautiful countryside.

Thks for the RR

Blk
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 03, 2016, 04:16:42 pm
It was raining all through the night and when we left the next morning, it was COLD and WET…….. We were back into slipping and sliding our way up and down the slippery muddy dirt roads
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About 10km into the slippery mud fest, I saw tankgirl stopped and looking at her rear wheel……….it was flat! We rode to the next petrol garage and pumped it and it seemed to be holding air, so we decided to ride from petrol garage to petrol garage and see if we cannot get it fixed in Umtata. She did mention that riding slippery mud in the pouring rain was much easier with a flat rear tyre than a pumped one!


After running around Umtata for a while dodging crazy drivers (felt exactly like I was back in Lusaka traffic), we eventually found Transkei Yamaha, and they sorted us out with a new tube……It turns out that tankgirl also managed to pinch the tube!
(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-M3K7fzb/0/L/226-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-M3K7fzb/A)

After the tube was sorted we left in the rain and headed for Himeville in the hope that KZN and Lesotho will be a bit drier so that we can blast up Sani Pass and through Lesotho on the way back to Pretoria. The original plan was to head up Ongeluks Nek and then through Lesotho via Semonkong, but with all the rain in the Eastern Cape, we knew that Ongeluks Nek was a no go this time!
We arrived at the Himeville Arms, wet and cold and again opted for a room in the backpackers, the difference in price between camping in the rain and a soft, dry, warm bed is so little that these choices becomes easy to make!


We woke the next morning hoping for a dry day to head up Sani and through Lesotho, but as we opened the door, it was very wet outside with a thin misty rain soaking everything through and through. We decided to head to Nottingham Road for breakfast via the Lotheni dirt road, I absolutely love this road! When I bought my very first Dual Sport bike and did my very first ride on dirt, I rode this road and then we rode up and down Sani Pass and that was my first proper ride on dirt, and you always remember your first one!
(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-GCQTPhG/0/L/227-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-GCQTPhG/A)

(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-FskFcxP/0/L/228-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-FskFcxP/A)

(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-DcF2xfj/0/L/229-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-DcF2xfj/A)


Everything in Nottingham Road was closed, so we decided to head to Mooi Rivier for breakfast, and then I suggested that we go and try to ride up Bezuidenhoudts Pass on the way back to Pretoria. I have been up and down Bezuidenhoudts a number of times as I grew up in Harrismith and I know that pass can be a nasty piece of work. Some Aussie friends of mine, Mick and Tan, with whom I spent some time with in Lusaka did Bezuidenhoudts when it was in pretty bad shape (Check out their RTW blog here - www.earths-ends.com (http://www.earths-ends.com) ) I knew that the pass had been scraped and made into a perfectly good and easy dirt road for the BMW GS Challenge or whatever they call it these days, which was held close to Bergville a few months earlier…..Another Aussie friend of mine, Pat Davey (go and check out his London to Cape Town ride through West Africa here – www.facebook.com/drcanafricanadventure/ (http://www.facebook.com/drcanafricanadventure/)  ) went down Bezuidenhoudts about a month earlier and he just laughed it off as a complete non-event now that it has been fixed up. But that is all good and well when the pass is dry….. We arrived in the rain, it was wet, muddy, slippery and after 100m, this is what a TKC front and a D908 rear looks like….
(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-W4PX9mN/0/L/231-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-W4PX9mN/A)


We decided to turn around and headed up Middledale Pass (Tintwa Pass) that leads up the escarpment from Geluksburg.
(https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-pVWh9TX/0/L/234-L.jpg) (https://etiennepieterse.smugmug.com/2016r01-q-Eastern-Cape/i-pVWh9TX/A)


A fill up and Red Bull in Harrismith, and slabbed it home to Pretoria, arriving, yes you guessed it, in the rain……


I want to really thank tankgirl for being such awesome company on this trip, I could not have asked for a better riding partner. I cannot wait for the next adventure!!

And that is about it!

Thanks for reading!!

tankgirl will post the video soon, and I will attach a GPS File with our route tomorrow  ;) ;)

Cheers!
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Post by: adv on February 03, 2016, 04:16:50 pm
Nou is ek lus vir ry en V*kken honger.
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Post by: tankgirl on February 03, 2016, 04:49:46 pm
Thanks for letting me crash your would-be solo trip amigo, you’re welcome on any of mine  :P
 
 
Some random thoughts and highlights for me:
There was that time when I was slowly losing my sense of humour on Baster Voetpad and then finding it again with weird and wonderful drinking buddies in Cofimvaba…
Riding mud always makes me feel hysterically vulnerable, and so I resort to just laughing my way through it.
But when your clutch-hand can’t pull another save and you engage the splits against your bike that weighs twice as much as you, the comedy of it all dissolves into sarcasm…
Meeting Chris and Thabo over a quart of Black Label restored all our faith in riding ridiculous roads again.
I don’t know if it’s the security of my armoured jacket and knee guards that gives me the confidence to chat up total strangers or what, because in real life I'm the polar opposite of a people-person but somehow out there on the bike (and off the bike) I actually enjoy meeting folks. Perhaps it’s because I know I’ll probably never see them again. I dunno.
 
Baviaanskloof! Amped but nervous for the infamous Smitskraal. It wasn’t as deep as I’d feared, it was longer though! After a number of concrete water crossings it was certainly refreshing! And I knew there and then that dry boots were just a vague and distant memory.
 
It’s not often you meet someone you admire who’s exactly how you imagined. After one short hour it felt like we'd gone halfway around the world together. Such a wealth of knowledge and adventure all wrapped up in one lekker down-to-earth dude. Michnus, I look forward to buying you and Elsabé a beer when I bump into you somewhere up in Africa someday!
 
Dare I say I rather enjoyed getting to fix (most of) my own puncture. It’s not something I get to do very often but it felt good knowing if shit went down that I’d be okay. Mine was only a little pinch... not a big one like KnopKop's.
 
We felt bad to outwardly complain about the rain since it’s what everyone had prayed for, but when the weather ruined that stunning day we had planned through the Transkei, it was unanimous, we were happy to revisit the steaming, endless showers at Himeville Arms Hotel where, incidentally, my alter-diva “Chikita” was born (http://tankgirls.co.za/blog/2015/08/22/report-tank-girls-newsletter-aug-2015/) :P
  

Here is a compilation of our video footage – enjoy...
https://youtube.com/v/KmoYmMb0TSQ


To the ends of the earth! :)
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Post by: cloudgazer on February 03, 2016, 04:58:42 pm
wow  - very cool trip.
makes me wanna ride.

And damn that tenere is really starting to grow on me.

Nice pics too. thanks for sharing.
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 03, 2016, 05:21:59 pm
Na hierdie RR post ek nie weer n foto op Wilddogs!! :eek7:
Jis jy mag maar foto's neem!!
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Lem on February 03, 2016, 06:33:06 pm
Ek het hierdie roete nou baie geniet om te lees :thumleft:

die fotos is puik!
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Post by: Nigel X on February 03, 2016, 07:02:04 pm
Awesome pictures.

Way better than my cellphone picture of the snow at the same Katberg junction
looking the other direction.
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Post by: Bundu on February 03, 2016, 08:48:53 pm
BLUXUM! for an oke that drinks a too sweet rum, you take AMAZING photos!  ;) :thumleft:
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Post by: Stichhom on February 03, 2016, 10:22:41 pm
Awesome RR and stunning pictures. Thank you for sharing. Just an observation - you do`nt need a 1 000cc plus size bike to have the best fun in the world!
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Post by: DIRT SKUNK on February 04, 2016, 06:24:48 am
Hi there Eugene
Great RR, great photos :thumleft: a trip like this is on my todo list but for the fact I'm a biker with a work problem ::)
Great meeting up with you on the 2nd Jan when we did our ride to the fish river lighthouse.
DS
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Post by: Mikie on February 04, 2016, 07:52:32 am
Thanks for letting me crash your would-be solo trip amigo, you’re welcome on any of mine  :P
 
 
Some random thoughts and highlights for me:
There was that time when I was slowly losing my sense of humour on Baster Voetpad and then finding it again with weird and wonderful drinking buddies in Cofimvaba…
Riding mud always makes me feel hysterically vulnerable, and so I resort to just laughing my way through it.
But when your clutch-hand can’t pull another save and you engage the splits against your bike that weighs twice as much as you, the comedy of it all dissolves into sarcasm…
Meeting Chris and Thabo over a quart of Black Label restored all our faith in riding ridiculous roads again.
I don’t know if it’s the security of my armoured jacket and knee guards that gives me the confidence to chat up total strangers or what, because in real life I'm the polar opposite of a people-person but somehow out there on the bike (and off the bike) I actually enjoy meeting folks. Perhaps it’s because I know I’ll probably never see them again. I dunno.
 
Baviaanskloof! Amped but nervous for the infamous Smitskraal. It wasn’t as deep as I’d feared, it was longer though! After a number of concrete water crossings it was certainly refreshing! And I knew there and then that dry boots were just a vague and distant memory.
 
It’s not often you meet someone you admire who’s exactly how you imagined. After one short hour it felt like we'd gone halfway around the world together. Such a wealth of knowledge and adventure all wrapped up in one lekker down-to-earth dude. Michnus, I look forward to buying you and Elsabé a beer when I bump into you somewhere up in Africa someday!
 
Dare I say I rather enjoyed getting to fix (most of) my own puncture. It’s not something I get to do very often but it felt good knowing if shit went down that I’d be okay. Mine was only a little pinch... not a big one like KnopKop's.
 
We felt bad to outwardly complain about the rain since it’s what everyone had prayed for, but when the weather ruined that stunning day we had planned through the Transkei, it was unanimous, we were happy to revisit the steaming, endless showers at Himeville Arms Hotel where, incidentally, my alter-diva “Chikita” was born (http://tankgirls.co.za/blog/2015/08/22/report-tank-girls-newsletter-aug-2015/) :P
 

Here is a compilation of our video footage – enjoy...
https://youtube.com/v/KmoYmMb0TSQ


To the ends of the earth! :)

Fixed
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Post by: EtienneXplore on February 04, 2016, 09:04:06 am
Hi there Eugene
Great RR, great photos :thumleft: a trip like this is on my todo list but for the fact I'm a biker with a work problem ::)
Great meeting up with you on the 2nd Jan when we did our ride to the fish river lighthouse.
DS

Shot, thanks for the chat! That area is real good for some awesome riding!

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: EtienneXplore on February 04, 2016, 09:37:10 am
Ok, so here is the GPS file for anyone who is interested in the route.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 04, 2016, 09:42:25 am
Jis, maar julle kan toor met "kameras".  Die prentjies is geweldig mooi. 
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Post by: windswept on February 04, 2016, 09:43:24 am
That is one awesome video. :thumleft:
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Post by: Hentie @ Riders on February 04, 2016, 10:12:07 am
Great RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 04, 2016, 10:12:36 am
Awesome pictures.

Way better than my cellphone picture of the snow at the same Katberg junction
looking the other direction.

Hehehe,
I just copied your pic and edited it in Snapseed, it took all of 20seconds   :P :P

see, its real easy!

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Post by: Adventurous on February 04, 2016, 10:12:50 am
Awesome Video  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Rokie on February 04, 2016, 11:52:18 am
Great RR
Thanks for putting in the hard work so that we could share in your adventure :thumleft:
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Post by: Man from Nam on February 04, 2016, 02:13:02 pm
Awsome trip and RR. Your photo's and video are fantastic.
Geesh... you and Tankgirl are not scared to do the rough roads.
Thanks for sharing
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Post by: King Louis on February 04, 2016, 02:50:19 pm
Great RR, thanks for sharing.... :thumleft:
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Post by: Rascal on February 04, 2016, 03:13:36 pm
Saw you two refuelling in patensie on the 12 jan I think. I was busy filling up the bakkie after a week in the hel and baviaans. Was looking at your tenere and couldn't help but wishing I was there on the bike.

great ride report :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on February 04, 2016, 03:18:40 pm
Saw you two refuelling in patensie on the 12 jan I think. I was busy filling up the bakkie after a week in the hel and baviaans. Was looking at your tenere and couldn't help but wishing I was there on the bike.

great ride report :thumleft:

You should have come and chatted!!

 :biggrin:

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Post by: Minxy on February 04, 2016, 08:07:30 pm
Awesome footage you two! Looks like it was one epic trip :)
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: Dustbiter on February 05, 2016, 12:26:12 pm
Really great photos, especially the beach ones, and great RR :hello2:
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Post by: Jaakmh on February 05, 2016, 02:00:19 pm
 :thumleft: Love it!!!!
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Post by: Clockwork Orange on February 05, 2016, 03:57:15 pm
Fantastic trip and RR. Thanks for sharing. Transkei has to be my favourite place on the planet
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Post by: >>Thump°C on February 06, 2016, 08:00:03 am
That was a very worthwhile read. Great photos and great writing.
Thanks for the effort.
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Post by: wobbler on February 07, 2016, 12:31:59 am
Flippen lekker RR, especially the pics.
Well done!
Dunno if i missed it, but what app did you use for the pics?
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Post by: IRISH on February 07, 2016, 04:17:19 am
This has been an absolute blast from the past for me. I have done all of the routes that you did but just not in one trip. Your pictures are stunning and mate, you are going to have to retract that statement that you are not an "artsy fartsy' type. You have an eye for a good pic and you can make stuff we see every day look so good! Thanks for the RR.
Also, huge respect, taking on Katberg and Baster in the wet.
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Post by: Strompie on February 07, 2016, 09:23:08 am
Fantastiese kiekies. Hierdie thread gaan ek hou, want ons wil ook bietjie daardie wêreld gaan verken.

Dankie vir die RR

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Post by: Single Cylinder on February 07, 2016, 11:04:26 am
Great trip, thanks for the ride along   :ricky:
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Post by: EtienneXplore on February 08, 2016, 04:31:41 pm
Flippen lekker RR, especially the pics.
Well done!
Dunno if i missed it, but what app did you use for the pics?

All the pics were edited on the actual cell phones with a free app called "snapseed"

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Post by: Strompie on February 09, 2016, 09:18:01 am
I keep coming back for more!

Did I miss the tracklog somewhere ?
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Post by: EtienneXplore on February 09, 2016, 06:19:59 pm
I keep coming back for more!

Did I miss the tracklog somewhere ?

See reply no 33 on page 2

 :thumleft:
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Post by: Strompie on February 09, 2016, 08:28:04 pm
I keep coming back for more!

Did I miss the tracklog somewhere ?

See reply no 33 on page 2

 :thumleft:

Ag wee jy... ook maar lekker blind... :glasses2: Dankie, ek het hom nou...
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Post by: ec guy on February 09, 2016, 09:37:19 pm
WOW thanks for the great pics and the epic RR !!
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Post by: Crab on February 09, 2016, 10:39:19 pm
Thanks for an excellent RR of my turf.
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Post by: MegaPix on February 10, 2016, 09:47:07 am
BLIKSEM

I like

Well done u 2.  This is surely a trip to look at. But maybe when it is not as wet though?   :ricky:
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Post by: CUZZY on February 14, 2016, 12:01:42 pm
Killer pics and fantastic ride report. That Bastervoetslaanpad  in the mud is something special
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Post by: EtienneXplore on March 15, 2016, 08:46:53 am
Ok, so I got am e-mail from Google this morning telling me that my PhotoSphere photos on Google Maps have received over 500,000 views in total. I was quite surprised and went to have a look, well what do you know......   ;D ;D

Here is the link to the sphere that I took of the Meiringspoort Waterfall during this ride report, pretty cool  :thumleft: :thumleft:
 
Click here:

https://goo.gl/maps/2xRFpMnuqZz


 :deal:
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Post by: YamaV on March 15, 2016, 08:54:20 am
How do you take a photosphere? Neem jy net 'n klomp fotos in die area en google doen die res of hoe?
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Post by: EtienneXplore on March 15, 2016, 08:58:11 am
How do you take a photosphere? Neem jy net 'n klomp fotos in die area en google doen die res of hoe?

I downloaded a free Google App onto my phone, it is called Street View and made by Google. You basically take a bunch of pictures covering a 360deg sphere all around you. The App then stitches the whole thing together and records the location where you took the pic. You can then decide if you want to upload and publish the sphere straight onto Google Maps.

 :thumleft:
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Post by: YamaV on March 15, 2016, 09:00:55 am
How do you take a photosphere? Neem jy net 'n klomp fotos in die area en google doen die res of hoe?

I downloaded a free Google App onto my phone, it is called Street View and made by Google. You basically take a bunch of pictures covering a 360deg sphere all around you. The App then stitches the whole thing together and records the location where you took the pic. You can then decide if you want to upload and publish the sphere straight onto Google Maps.

 :thumleft:

 :thumleft: thanks
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Post by: Zanie on March 22, 2016, 07:38:21 pm
Stunning photos and great video (even minus soundtrack). The Bastervoetslaanpad and Katberg Pass are both on my to-do list for next year, though I will try to aim for a drier season!
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Post by: Crab on March 22, 2016, 08:41:46 pm
Hey those Photoshere pics are great. Puts a whole new twist on panoramic views.
Bastervoetslaanpad is worth doing.  Really amazing views. Went up it on a GS1200 the morning after heavy rains, luckily had Lyn and DirtyXT to pick it up when it fell.
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Post by: EtienneXplore on March 22, 2016, 09:19:09 pm
Hey those Photoshere pics are great. Puts a whole new twist on panoramic views.
Bastervoetslaanpad is worth doing.  Really amazing views. Went up it on a GS1200 the morning after heavy rains, luckily had Lyn and DirtyXT to pick it up when it fell.

Hahaha, awesome man! Lynn told me they also did it in the wet.....not an easy job, well done!!
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Post by: masehare on March 23, 2016, 08:01:53 am
Dankie vir die trip report! Daai foto van die mense wat swem by Boesmansriviermond... My ouma + oupa het 'n huis daar gehad. Ons was elke Desember vakansie daar toe ek nog 'n laaitie was. Wil nog eendag weer terug gaan.  :'(
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Post by: EtienneXplore on March 23, 2016, 08:11:09 am
Dankie vir die trip report! Daai foto van die mense wat swem by Boesmansriviermond... My ouma + oupa het 'n huis daar gehad. Ons was elke Desember vakansie daar toe ek nog 'n laaitie was. Wil nog eendag weer terug gaan.  :'(

Lekker!

Daai was actually in Kenton by die Kariga Rivier. Hulle het elke jaar tussen Kersfees en Nuwe Jaar die "Kariga Big Float". Dis basically net almal wat op enige ding wat dryf, saam met die gety vanaf die parking lot op dryf tot by Horns Up verder op met die Kariga. Daar was tubes, Lilo's, boogie boards, alles! Daar was selfs ouens wat plastic dromme onder 'n restaurant hout tafel gesit het met 'n Windhoek Lager sambreel en als!

Oja, en vreeslik baie girls in bikini's!   :thumleft: :thumleft:


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Post by: Klein Torkar on March 25, 2016, 06:40:13 pm
Tanks for the RR, maak dat ek wil gaan ry.
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Post by: COLES on March 28, 2016, 02:37:35 pm
now that,s what i call a great report
thank u for sharing awesome photo,s many years ago we rallied in the Joubet pass and surrounding passes
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Post by: EtienneXplore on March 29, 2016, 11:46:13 am
Thanks for all the comments and replies, I really appreciate it!

I had some PM's and comments about the Photo Spheres, well here are some more of them from this trip:

Hole in the Wall:
https://goo.gl/maps/6cpnABCvBG72


Karel Landman Monument:
https://goo.gl/maps/k6yRjsovnMy


The Edge in Hogsback:
https://goo.gl/maps/KgucUYhXKXy


Kenton-on-Sea
https://goo.gl/maps/5HYNLvu58vt

https://goo.gl/maps/bdDnU7PX1Qx


Jeffreys Bay:
https://goo.gl/maps/vopKmh2cN812


Jongensfontein Beach:
https://goo.gl/maps/g3kGsP18oeC2


 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: ALLAWYN on March 29, 2016, 07:06:59 pm
Excellent RR, well written and the photos :thumleft:

Well done and thank you for sharing :thumleft:
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 31, 2016, 07:35:28 pm
This is one of the best RR's I have read in a long time.

Well done to you both, amazing pictures - software helps but the eye for a good photo is still the most important thing.
Your descriptions and story was also lekker to read. I'm sure you will both have this one in the memory banks for the rest of your lives.

Thanks so much for sharing. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: ALLEN I on April 03, 2016, 10:46:02 am
Really Amazing RR was hooked from the beginning to the end. Thanks for sharing it.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Knopkop and tankgirl sliding through the Eastern Cape (Beware - Lots of Pics!)
Post by: EtienneXplore on April 03, 2016, 12:07:25 pm
Thanks for the comments guys!!

We are busy planning another lekker trip during July, so keep your eyes peeled for more of the same.....I am sure the pics, writing and riding will get better and better!!

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